Did you know that Saint Lucia is often referred to as the Helen of the Caribbean because of it’s natural beauty and how it was fiercely fought over by the French and British? It switched hands 14 times with England being the last victor before gaining independence in 1979.
Saint Lucia is the second island I’m spotlighting from the research study that LetsGetChecked, a health insights company, published in September 2020. The Wrath of Diseases study identified the Caribbean as one of the safest places in the world, and specifically mentioned five Caribbean islands. Check out my blog for info on Barbados, the first island I covered last week.
So what makes Saint Lucia so desirable? Here are my top five!
1. It has an exotic South Pacific island vibe. The natural beauty, swaying tropical palm trees, lush vegetation, and uncrowded beaches give Saint Lucia a South Pacific island vibe. It is one of the southernmost islands in the Caribbean region – closer to the coast of South America than the tip of Florida. The temperatures stay pretty close to 80 degrees F year-round with mid-November through March being the best time to visit during dry season.
2. The beautiful Pitons. The twin iconic Gros Piton and Petit Piton volcanic cones provide a stunning backdrop to secluded beaches and warm tropical breezes. They appear side by side but are actually about 3 miles apart and are connected by a volcanic ridge and white sand beaches. You can take a guided 5-hour hike to the top of either peak stopping to see waterfalls, bubbling mud pools, and other natural wonders. Or you can enjoy the beauty of these 2500 ft landmarks while boating in the bay. Insider tip: Take a shower under the Piton Falls while hiking up Petit Piton.
3. The unique confluence of British, French, and Creole culture. Rental cars are a great way to see this small island and a great way to sample the unique island culture. You might find yourself driving on on the left side of the road and running into friendly townspeople speaking a combination of French, English, and Creole depending on where you stop. This easy coexistence of cultures gives Saint Lucia a unique cultural heritage that should not be missed. Much of the island’s history can be sampled on Pigeon Island, a national landmark with remnants of military barracks and encampments.
4. The variety of accommodations range from all-inclusive resorts to secluded hideaways. Although largely noted as a romantic retreat for honeymooners, Saint Lucia is becoming a destination of choice for families that prefer not to be in the mainstream Caribbean tourist areas. The north and western coasts of Saint Lucia are ideal for honeymooners and family groups because of the abundance of all-inclusive resorts, sandy beaches, and calm seas. The Atlantic-facing east coast is best for adventure-seeking surfers, divers, deep-sea fishing, and high-energy water sports. The international airport can accommodate the largest airliners and the cruise port is a stop on selected itineraries. Travel is regulated by Saint Lucia to ensure the protection of its natural wonders, keeping the crowds down.
5. The drive-in volcano. Gotcha! Although it is often referred to as the drive-in volcano, you can only drive up to the Soufriere Volcanic Area, but not in the crater. Otherwise you’d be stuck in one of 24 bubbling mud pools. Guides can walk you in through marked paths. It’s located on the southwest coast of the island just north of the Pitons and a fantastic natural feature to check out.
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